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The Quincy Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit, which organizes the two night FREE self defense program, has increased the classes from quarterly to monthly based on public demand. The classes presently are held at three different locations and Chief Keenan would like to thank management for hosting such an important program. The locations are President’s Place/Related Beal, 1250 Hancock Street, Eastern Nazarene College and the Best Western Adams Inn in North Quincy. These locations continuously provide ample space for free as part of their community outreach!  The two consecutive night program starts at 6:00 p.m. and runs to about 8:30 p.m.  Since this is a progressive program, attendance is required for both nights.  The class starts out with a brief discussion on “awareness of your surroundings” so that you will reduce your chances of having to physically defend yourself.  The Instructors also stress that escape is a priority, using verbal commands, calling out for help as your first actions.  It is at this point that the class focuses on taking physical measures to protect yourself with the main goal of fleeing to safety. 

On the first night, Quincy Police Officers work with the students as a group and individually on various kicks, punches and blocks. A major component that is stressed both nights of the class is verbal commands, which most people don’t have an opportunity to use on a daily basis.   

On the second night, after learning additional maneuvers, there is a review and then the scenarios are presented so that the students can test themselves. At this time, the students leave the hall/gym and are suited up with a padded helmet and other pads. One at a time, the students will be warmed up outside the confrontation room as they punch and kick bags held by Instructors, who tell the students to make this as real as possible.  Once the student enters the confrontation zone, the Instructors will give the student a briefing of the scenario.  The student will then encounter one or two of the Instructors, who will be dressed up in the “Red Man” suit, which is a fully padded outfit to protect them from the onslaught of 20-35 students, giving their best punches and kicks to get free from the “assaulter.”  Each student will be afforded the opportunity to go through two different scenarios.  It is important to note that the scenarios are private and optional.  There are no other students in the hall/gym.  The Instructors bring the student into the confrontation zone and explain that there is no escape in the scenarios and it is time to test your skills that you learned in the class. 

This class gives each student a personal test to assess their own skill in a life like situation against an “attacker” in a controlled environment. For some, it may lead to taking a martial arts or strength and conditioning program.  It is also important to know that there is no certificate, there is no “pass/fail” standard and it is emphasized that no student is required or pushed to do any aspect of the class that she may feel uncomfortable with.  We will give you a complimentary shirt though! 

The Quincy Police Self Defense class, which has been in existence for about 15 years, has trained hundreds of women ranging in age from 16 to 85. As always, students who have completed the course are always welcome to refresh their skills by attending the program again or just coming the second night to go through the scenarios.


Who can attend?

Females 18 and older and as young as 16 with a parent in the class.

How much does it cost?

Quincy Police Department programs are free. 

Do I have to be a Quincy resident?

First preference goes to residents, followed by those who work in the City of Quincy, then all others. 

How do I sign up?

Watch for postings in the Quincy Sun, the Quincy Police Department web page and Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor. Then contact Lieutenant Dan Minton at

When do you have the programs?

Monthly, except for July and August. It is just too hot for the Instructors in the Red Man suit.  If the demand lessens, the programs will be adjusted accordingly 

What should I bring?

Bring water and a great attitude!

What should I wear?

Sneakers and comfortable clothing

Could I get hurt?

Unlikely as long as you know your limitations. No student has to participate in any activity they feel uncomfortable with.  You may be sore the next day or two since you can have contact with a bag about 200 times.  

What else do I need to know?

You need to be there both nights.

If you can’t make it both nights, please let me beforehand know so that someone else can attend, even if it is last minute. We know things come up and we can get you in another class.


Lieutenant Dan Minton

617 745 5719

Anything else?

Have fun! Meet some new people.

Get to know some Police Officers on a different level, by name and know that

they are there for you if you ever need them.